January is a month for reasserting balance; what other reason would there be to make those pesky resolutions? In this vein we have a set of events taking place across the capital this weekend which are all about balance (or boom and bust, you be the judge). So indulge in some delicious street food at Hawker House before embarking on a nice long winter walk, and then take in some culture at The Photographer’s Gallery before laughing it off at the London Comedy Film Festival.
Feast yourself at Hawker House
Street Feast London knows how to throw a good party and has set up shop indoors (thankfully) at Hawker House for the next nine weekends (it opened last weekend). There are bars, a DJ and a selection of London’s best street food sellers. Sample everything from NYC style burgers and wood fired pizzas, to rabbit fusilli and 10-hour chipotle short rib tacos. Free before 7pm, £3 after. Open from 5pm-midnight. 17 Jan-22 Mar
Take a winter wander
Walk London, a TfL project, has organized 30 free guided “Winter Wanders” across seven top walking routes throughout the capital. All walks are designed to take in the best sights, parks, woodland, rivers, canals and open spaces London has to offer. There are nearly 40 different free walks organised over this weekend, varying from 1.5 to eight miles and taking in all corners of the city. 25-26 January
Warhol, Lynch and Burroughs
The Photographers’ Gallery is hosting three exhibitions from iconic Americans not necessarily famed for their photography. Andy Warhol: Photographs 1976-1987 displays a wide oeuvre of the artist’s photography. David Lynch: The Factory Photographs delves into the idiosyncratic filmmaker’s obsession with machinery. Finally, Taking Shots: The Photography of William S Burroughs displays photographic work by the beat author and poet. All three exhibitions are free. 17 Jan-30 Mar
A Barrel of Laughs at the LOCO Film Festival
There is a whole programme of comedy screenings and events being held across the capital this weekend as part of the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival. There are free and ticketed events across the festival, with all sorts of comedy, ranging from classics to world premieres and from black and white to animation, there is something to tickle every funny bone. 23-26 Jan
One Man and His Camera
Friday is your last chance to catch the one-man crime thriller Bloodshot at the St James’ Theatre. Set in 1957, Derek is a down on his luck photographer offered a one-off and lucrative deal to take pictures of an elegant woman in the London park he can’t resist.
Taking up the offer, he becomes embroiled with dubious characters and seedy Soho life in what becomes a twisting and engaging tale. Ends January 25.